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Full text of "Alexander von Humboldt"

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would  enjoy more than any other, especially if you
had some Germans near you.    Paris is very beautiful ;
there is scarcely any town which affords a view equal
to   the   one you enjoy when standing on the  Pont
Royal with the Pont Neuf on the right, the Pont de
la Revolution on the left.,  the beautiful broad river
beneath, on each side the broad quays with a row of
splendid   buildings,  the castle "of the Tuileries, the
garden   and the  Champs   Elysees in   the distance.'*
After describing to her friend her mental condition,
her longing to know   everything clearly, even  if it
should cost her life, as  for him whom nature has so
formed  no   other   condition   is   tolerable;  and  after
adding the confession that she has not arrived at this
clearness without deep pain and the greatest loss, but
that she is now free and calm and impressible to all
humanity, and to the Divine in human nature, having
at last arrived at the conviction that love must remain
the centre of union,  " which alone forms our exist-
ence, and which, when every other illusion has passed
away, still maintains  the harmonic  flow of life;** 
after such  outpourings, she  continues,  cc I must tell
you a word of my children.    My soul lives in  my
children, as they feel, and  I lead a very domestic life
with them.    The mornings here last till four o'clock;
no  one dines  before that  hour, and thus  I can be
very much with them.     In the evenings I am  fre-
quently in   company, *or in the theatre  frequently
also at my tea-table at home, with ray small circle of
acquaintance.    Many Germans are here, and my house
is a point de ralliement for them ; but I  see, also,
many Frenchmen,  and like them.    The   theatre is
very interesting, the comedy excellent.    The polish,
politeness, and superficiality of the  French in their
manners and feelings are frankly revealed in their
pieces, in the manner in "which they are performed.
In tragedy this is perhaps more remarkable.    I can-
not   imagine  how   one   can   ever   feel   moved   by
ishem ; but they  are highly interesting, because the
performance  of the  principal   actors    is  a   perfect